MASTERING ENGINEERS ADVICE — speakers

ONE THING THAT WILL X10 YOUR MASTERING RESULTS

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ONE THING THAT WILL X10 YOUR MASTERING RESULTS

For years, I'd have everything in: I would be slapping this and that on, trying different equipment and plugins all the time. But that wasn't my problem. It wasn't the EQ, not the limiting. My problem was I couldn't hear what I was doing. Now, I don't have masses of equipment and plugins anymore. I don't need them, because I realised that the secret to great mastering was to have a room that I could hear what I was doing in. Now, what I do is spend a lot of time trying to get my room sounding better and tighter,...

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WILL UPGRADING YOUR INTERFACE IMPROVE SOUND?

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WILL UPGRADING YOUR INTERFACE IMPROVE SOUND?

If you’re an engineer working at home, you do need to think about your audio interface because it’s the thing that you’re listening to tracks through. It’s the heartbeat of your setup. You need to make sure that the sound is the best quality you can get. There’s no point in spending a load of money on some speakers if you are feeding those speakers from the audio interface, and the D to A converter in there is a terrible standard. I’ve done loads of tests on D to As and A to Ds. I’ve listened to a lot, and...

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WHAT SPEAKERS ARE BEST FOR MASTERING?

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WHAT SPEAKERS ARE BEST FOR MASTERING?

When it comes to mastering, you need to be able to hear super highs and lows. And that's the main problem with using smaller speakers in a smaller room for mastering. Things will usually translate well across most speakers. But if you're mastering, you need to have full range speakers. Otherwise, you can't master because you can't hear what's going on in the low end and on at the top. Now, you might be thinking, "But you have really small speakers at the back of the room!" Those speakers are key audio speakers; they are full range speakers, even if...

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WHY EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THE MIDS

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WHY EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT THE MIDS

Why is the mid-range EQ so important?  This is where your ear picks up most of the frequencies, mainly from the 20 to 20,000 Hertz range. Most of the main information picked up comes from between 5,000 Hertz down to about 200. That's where things get really tight and congested, and a lot of instruments play around that area. That's why the mids are super important to get right, especially the low-mids. These give off the most energy, the most feel and the most width, and things like that. The top end of the mids is more from 2,000 Hertz...

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